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Hi I'm Natalie

I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family of mostly girls - I have 5 sisters and 1 brother. Staying in touch with them is still very much a part of what I do day to day. I got a college degree in math education and then taught algebra and trigonometry in an urban high school. Now my husband and I are raising three daughters, so I am still surrounded by things like doing hair, and playing "house." I like trying new recipes, taking road trips back home, and going swimming with my family. When I see something I like, I try to figure out how I could make it myself, whether or not I actually pull it off. I have taken tennis lessons, and I'm going to have to take more to be good, but maybe someday I will be.

Why I am a Mormon

I am constantly relying on my faith. In hard times, my faith helps me find peace and answers. In good times, my faith reminds me of God's many blessings and love. My faith brings an undeniable good feeling inside. God loves us and so has given us guidance for a happy life. I know following his commandments brings peace. We have a prophet on the earth today. Families can be together forever. The Book of Mormon is true. The power of God continues to bless us. Jesus is the Christ. This knowledge affects how I live and the decisions I make. It is helping me be a better person, and happier doing it. My faith is what supports and strengthens me as a mother. It brings an eternal perspective and light into my life that I couldn't be a mother without. Just before I was to give birth to our first daughter, a friend learned of my membership in the Mormon church and asked if was planning to raise my children as Mormons too. "Yes!" I immediately replied. "It is not just a way of life or something I believe in, but it is true!" And so, I can't help but be Mormon.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is daily thing, a continual process. Little by little, I am working to become a better person. I teach my children about Jesus Christ and His love for us. I try to maintain a close relationship with God through prayer and scripture study. I try to show gratitude for God's blessings by loving the people around me and finding opportunities to serve them. At church each Sunday, I participate in a class where people who are new to the church discuss their faith. We share our experiences living Jesus's teachings and draw support from one another each week. My family reserves Monday nights to be a special "family night" to spend time together. We read scriptures, play games, and do fun activities. During the week, I visit other women from my church in their homes to share an uplifting message and show love for them. We talk about our families and the needs we may have. We support and help one another.